Maldives hit by hundreds of holiday cancellations as state of emergency continues
President Abdulla Yameen declared the state of emergency – which is due to run for 15 days – at the start of last week, in response to a ruling by judges that leading members of the opposition, including the former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, should be freed. Gayoom, the president’s half-brother, who was the Maldivian head of state between 1978 and 2008, was arrested on February 6.
The judiciary also quashed the 2015 terrorism conviction against Mohamed Nasheed, Gayoom’s successor as president. Nasheed claimed political asylum in Britain in 2016.
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